With SharePoint being a content management solution and therefor an effective platform for the delivery of communications (internally), a lot of my client engagements have heavily involved internal comms or marketing departments. And, one of the feature requests that has popped up on more than one occasion (and just so happens has just done so again) is leveraging SharePoint for digital asset management (video and image libraries). I’ve had many discussions with colleagues as to whether or not SharePoint is a good fit for this requirement. Here are my thoughts;
Unless you are leveraging RBS (Remote Blob storage solutions such as StorSimple / Metalogix StoragePoint / AvePoint Storage Manager then the answer s simple, no, SharePoint is not a good fit for the following reasons;
- Item limitation (SP2010/SP2013)
SharePoint’s item limit of 2GB restricts the ability to store large HD or UHD video file formats
- Expensive storage
SQL is not cheap to own and not cheap to maintain, Storing large video files in SQL is impractical and expensive.
- Site Collection size limitations (SP2010/SP2013)
A 200GB content database may sound adequate when working with standard office documents, but when most of your video files are 1GB+ in size this fills up within minutes.
- Item Limits
As of today, yes it IS the same (2GB), but this is about to change to a 10GB/item limit see http://success.office.com/en-us/roadmap/#I-24-15675
- Cheap Storage
- Site Collection size limits
As of today 1TB which will increase dramatically going forward (as we have witnessed with SPO over the last few years)